Gifts That Can Save Your Data's Life: Good Portable Storage Options

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-11-24 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What could be more practical for anybody with a personal computer than the gift of personal data storage? Capacities keep going up, as does the number of value-added and optional features. Prices keep coming down, much to the joy of buyers and to the chagrin of storage executives.

All signs seem to point to a rather practical holiday gift-giving season this year, thanks to the uncertainty in the macroeconomy. Save those frivolous gifts for white elephant parties!

Gifts that promise to have usefulness for a long time will be favored, economists say, as people try to get the most for their money.

And what could be more practical for anybody with a personal computer than the gift of personal data storage? Capacities keep going up, as do the number of value-added and optional features. And prices keep coming down, much to the joy of buyers and to the chagrin of storage executives.

"The prices are all market-driven. It's ridiculous how cheap these things are, but it is what it is," Iomega President Jonathan Huberman told eWEEK a few weeks ago.

Take full advantage while prices are down; since most things in business are cyclical, the prices will undoubtedly start heading back up at some point.

Here are some prime examples of relatively inexpensive storage hardware/software packages for consumers and/or small businesses.



 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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